Oxfam Media Planning Calendar February – April 2017

Oxfam Media Planning Calendar February – April 2017

Please find below and attached our calendar of media stories and reports for the next few months. Do get in touch if you’d like any more information: contact Alice Dawson on +353 (0) 83 198 1869 or at alice.dawson@oxfamireland.org and for breaking stories, follow us on twitter: @Media_OxfamIRL and @OxfamIreland and via the media section of our website at www.oxfamireland.org/blog/press-releases


Breaking emergencies: We anticipate our humanitarian work over the next few months will focus on the developing food crises in South Sudan, where famine has been declared; in northern Nigeria, where it is likely that some 400,000 people living in areas cut off from aid are already suffering famine; and also Somalia and Yemen, which both currently stand on the brink of famine. Millions of vulnerable people across these regions are affected by ongoing conflicts and are facing starvation, with Oxfam supporting with life-saving food, water and sanitation.

Monday 27 February: ‘The Taxing Question – Would changing our corporate tax system do more harm than good?’ Oxfam Ireland hosts a panel discussion at the MAC in Belfast at 6pm on Monday 27 February, looking at the global and domestic impact of potential changes to Northern Ireland’s tax system. Chaired by Yvette Shapiro, speakers will include Oxfam Ireland CEO Jim Clarken; UU economist Philip McDonagh; Patricia McKeown, regional secretary of UNISON and Wanjiru Kanyiha, a tax justice activist from Kenya.

Tuesday 28 February: ‘Mantras and Myths: A true picture of the corporate tax system in Ireland’. Publication launch of a new review of Ireland’s corporate tax system, commissioned by Oxfam Ireland. There will be a photocall at 10.30am at Leinster House (Kildare St side) with visiting tax activists and Oxfam Ireland campaigners, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Oxfam Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, 6pm on Tuesday 28th of February 2017. Chaired by RTE's Conor Brophy, speakers will include Oxfam Ireland CEO Jim Clarken; Wanjiru Kanyiha, a tax justice activist from Kenya; Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PWC; and Mary Cosgrove, Lecturer at NUI Galway.

Date tbc: Oxfam publishes research on the thousands of boys and men missing from communities caught up in conflict with Boko Haram and military operations to counter them. More than nine million people in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon are in desperate need of emergency aid and there are alarming levels of human rights abuses and forced recruitment of young children.

Date tbc: Oxfam publishes report on rules around refugees reuniting with family in the UK.


Thursday 2 March: Women, Work and Wages: Oxfam launches a new report on women's inequality at work ahead of International Women’s Day.

Early March – Balkans deportations report: Oxfam partners on the Balkans have interviewed refugees and other migrants in Serbia and Macedonia to hear about their experience with illegal deportations along the Balkans route.

Wednesday 8 March: International Women's Day.

Wednesday 8 March: UK Chancellor’s Spring Budget. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment on the impact of policies affecting poverty in the UK and abroad.

Monday 13 - Thursday 16 March – European Parliament vote on asylum reform: Oxfam spokespeople available for comment

Wednesday 15 March: Sixth anniversary of the start of the war in Syria. Oxfam spokespeople will be available for comment on how Syrian refugees have ever fewer options for where to go.

Wednesday 15 March: Tax justice: judgement expected in LuxLeaks Whistleblowers re-trial.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 March: G20 Finance Ministers’ Meeting, Baden-Baden. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment on the impact of tax and economic policies on fighting poverty.

Wednesday 22 March: World Water Day. Around the world, Oxfam is helping to keep millions of people healthy when disaster strikes by providing clean water and toilets. Photo case studies available.

Thursday 23 March: Oxfam launches research into tax practices of European banks – their use of tax havens and how they facilitate tax dodging.

Date tbc: Oxfam publishes report on the use of water as a weapon of war in Syria.


Early April: OECD publishes annual overseas aid spending figures. Oxfam spokespeople available for comment on how UK aid is helping to raise living standards for the world’s poorest people.

Monday 17 April: Iraq – six months since the start of the offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS. Oxfam is supporting thousands of people affected by the conflict, providing clean water, shelter and toilets. Oxfam spokespeople available.

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 April: World Bank Spring Meetings, Washington. Finance leaders and politicians will discuss the global economy, poverty eradication and aid effectiveness. Oxfam spokespeople available to comment.


Please note we can also provide spokespeople in Ireland, north and south, and across the world on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • The global refugee crisis and Oxfam Ireland’s Right to Refuge campaign in support of vulnerable people escaping conflict
  • Humanitarian crises including South Sudan, north east Nigeria, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, plus breaking stories (Oxfam specialises in providing safe water and sanitation in emergencies)
  • Economic inequality including the human cost of large-scale tax dodging by corporations and wealthy individuals (Even it Up and Make Tax Fair campaigns)
  • Women’s rights including gender-based violence, gender pay gap and female entrepreneurship



Alice Dawson, +353 83 198 1869, alice.dawson@oxfamireland.org
Sorcha Nic Mhathúna, +353 83 1975 107, sorcha.nicmhathuna@oxfamireland.org

Phillip Graham, +44 7841 102535, phillip.graham@oxfamireland.org

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